Police searching for suspected car thief in Silver Lake area


SILVER LAKE — Police have sealed off the streets near Virgil and Lexington avenues on the border of Silver Lake and East Hollywood as they search for a stolen vehicle suspect, according to an LAPD spokeswoman.

Police began their search before 10 a.m., with squad cars blocking off streets and an LAPD helicopter hovering overhead.


  1. I was just over there. It seems just a tad overdone. They must be half the police department out there! And its tree hours alter now. All this over a car thief. Hey, I want them to stop and catch car thieves, but this kind of deployment there is kind of crazy.

    If anyone wants to mug someone in an alley, or rob a bank, or kill someone, now would be a good time – because all the police in town are standing around at Virgil and Lexington looking for a car thief . so you’ll never be caught.

    • I live in the area and spoke to a couple of the officers involved in the lockdown while I waited to get back into my apartment. I was told that they were looking for an armed carjacking suspect. Given that it’s a very densely populated neighborhood including a lot of families who have small kids, I don’t believe the police overreacted.

    • Tom,
      I’m glad you know all about this incident and can offer such good advice. I hope you’ll call Charlie Beck and give him your thoughts. Guess you have lots of policing experience?

  2. I live in this area as well. I went outside to see what was going on and was told, ‘we are looking for someone.’ (Duh!) They told me to go back inside, and rode along Virgil in the police car, and saw that I did so. There was a strong police presence, officers with rifles, two police dogs, helicopter. I think there is more to this. Cars are stolen with great regularity around here, and there’s never any big police presence. Also, Lexington and Virgil were cordoned off with the “caution-do not cross” police tape, as though someone had been shot. Several pieces of cloth or paper towels were in the intersection. There’s a story somewhere, just don’t know who to ask…..

  3. i work near sunset and michetorena and they “evacuated us” (told us to leave) at 7. the place was swarming with cops and there were at least 3 swat vans and a damn black firetruck with police logos all over it that went by and up the hill and several unmarked cars and suv’s as well

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